State of Minnesota Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • September 20             First day of Early In-Person Voting
  • October 15                  Deadline to submit voter registration (same-day registration is available during Early Voting and on Election Day)
  • November 4                Last day of Early In-Person Voting
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballots
  • November 5                Election day


To register to vote in Minnesota, you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  •  At least 16 years old and be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day
  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
  • Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
  • You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.
  • You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.


How to register to vote:

  • Register online It’s quick and easy! You will need your Minnesota driver’s license or Minnesota identification card number, or the last four numbers of your Social Security number.
  • Register on paper Download and print forms in English and other languages. Use these forms to register yourself or to register others in a voter registration drive. Mail or drop off your application to either your county election office, or to the Secretary of State’s office.
  • Register on Election Day You can register or update your registration when you vote, whether that is at your polling place on Election Day or at an early voting location. You will need proof of residence to register.

Do I have to choose a political party when I register?: Minnesota does not have political party registration. Voters are not asked to publicly declare affiliation with a political party.


Voter ID Requirements

If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring identification. This means you were successfully registered at least 21 days before Election Day and you have not moved or changed names since then.

If you need to register or update your registration, or you have not voted in four years or more, you will need to show proof of residence before you vote.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Minnesota.


Early In-Person Voting

You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. Some cities and towns also offer in-person absentee voting. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.

All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person. View the list of voting locations before election day for upcoming elections, or contact your county election office.


Absentee Voting

All voters can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. To vote by mail, apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. You do not need to be registered to apply. To request an absentee ballot for 2022 elections, use the online absentee application, or the downloadable application.  You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election. Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot.

You can return your ballot in person no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters. You will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot for someone else. Some voters may also return it in one of the designated ballot drop box locations. You may not drop your ballot off at your polling place on election day.




 Tribes in Minnesota

Federally recognized tribes

  • Upper Sioux Community
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota
  • Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota
  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe – Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake)
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe – Fond du Lac Band
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe – Grand Portage Band
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe – Leech Lake Band
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe – Mille Lacs Band
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe – White Earth Band
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota

State recognized tribes

  • None

Native Vote Coordinators:

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!


Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Ken Martin

Native People’s Caucus Chair, Nora-Louisa Eckstine


Chair, David Hann

American Indian Republican Affiliate Group Chair, John Ulrick

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